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25 Aug

United States Wars, News and Casualties

United States Wars, News and Casualties

Khatla Ali Abdullah, 90, is embraced as she flees her home as Iraqi forces battle with Islamic State militants in western Mosul. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Khatla Ali Abdullah, 90, is embraced as she flees her home as Iraqi forces battle with Islamic State militants in western Mosul. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

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“I regret they got hurt,’ Bush,the former president and war criminal said of the veterans.”

To the War Criminal Bush – And to the thousands upon thousands of innocent civilians?

Never, ever forget that the War Criminals Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld etc. founded ISIS and today are proud of what they did and feel no regret.

‘It was the right decision’: Bush says he has ‘no regrets’ about invading Iraq and Afghanistan when asked how he feels when he sees wounded veterans

Since the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts began, at least 8,000 US and allied soldiers have died, according to CNN.

Tens of thousands of civilians are believed to have been killed in Afghanistan since 2001, according to the United Nations.

The civilian death toll in Iraq is estimated to be somewhere between 170,000 and 190,000, according to Iraq Body Count

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AP: Saudi-led airstrikes kill 14 civilians in Yemen’s capital

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni eyewitnesses say Saudi-led airstrikes have hit at least three houses in the capital, Sanaa, killing at least 14 civilians, including women and children.

They say the attack took please overnight and into the morning hours on Friday in the city’s southern neighborhood of Fag Attan. The death toll was expected to rise further as rescuers pull more victims from under the rubble.

Earlier this week, coalition fighter jets struck a hotel in Arhab, north of Sanaa, killing at least 41 people.

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AP: Syria opposition told to come to terms with Assad’s survival

BEIRUT (AP) — As Damascus reverses military losses in much of the country’s strategically important west, and foreign states cut support for rebel forces, diplomats from Washington to Riyadh are asking representatives of Syria’s opposition to come to terms with President Bashar Assad’s political survival.

The country’s civil war has crossed the halfway point of its seventh year and Assad and his allies are now in control of Syria’s four largest cities and its Mediterranean coast. With the help of Russian air power and Iranian-sponsored militias, pro-government forces are marching steadily across the energy-rich Homs province to reach the Euphrates River valley.

Western and regional rebel patrons, currently more focused on advancing their own interests rather than accomplishing regime change in Damascus, are shifting their alliances and have ceased calls on Assad to step down.

“There is no conceivable military alignment that’s going to be able to remove him,” said former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford, now a fellow at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. “Everyone, including the U.S., has recognized that Assad is staying.”

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AP: Amnesty slams coalition’s reliance on ordnance in Raqqa

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition’s reliance on imprecise and disproportionately powerful ordnance in its campaign against Islamic State militants in the Syrian city of Raqqa is exacting a significant toll on civilians, Amnesty International said in a report on Thursday.

As the fight for Raqqa intensifies, “thousands of civilians are trapped in a deadly labyrinth where they are under fire from all sides,” said Amnesty researcher Donatella Rovera who led a week-long investigation in late July into the Raqqa offensive.

Also Thursday, a top U.N. aid official for Syria said some 20,000 civilians are held as “human shields” by the militants in five neighborhoods of the city while facing constant air raids and shelling by the U.S. -led coalition and allied Syrian Democratic Forces.

Jan Egeland urged the U.S.-led coalition to consider a humanitarian pause in the city, saying it is “time to try anything” to allow civilians to escape the clutches of the radical Islamic State group in Raqqa.

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Photograph: Magnum Photos/Lorenzo Meloni

BBC: Iraq war: Why the battle for Tal Afar matters

Tal Afar, about 55km (35 miles) to the west of Mosul, was always going to be next on the “to do” list for Iraqi forces.

Just as the fighting for Mosul moved from east to west over the course of many months, the Iraqi military is now moving westwards towards the Syrian border.

Although much smaller in size, Tal Afar has been a so-called Islamic State (IS) stronghold that the jihadist group has used as a strategic “base” since 2014.

And Tal Afar has had ruthless rulers before – between late 2004 and early 2006, the city was controlled by al-Qaeda in Iraq, a precursor to IS.

Before it fell to IS, the city’s population of 200,000 was predominantly ethnic Turkmen, a Turkic people who have their own language and customs. The majority were also Sunni Muslims…………………….The battle for Tal Afar could also escalate tensions between Iraq, its ethnic Kurdish minority, Turkey and Syria. Turkey refuses to close or move its military base near Mosul, claiming it could be needed to protect Iraqi Turkmen as well as the Turkish border. The mere idea of Turkish military action on Iraqi soil has been enough to cause many, from Washington to Baghdad, to lose sleep.

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IraqiNews: Islamic State launches attack against Peshmerga troops in Kirkuk

Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State militants have attacked the Kurdish Peshmerga troops in Kirkuk, a commander was quoted saying.

“IS launched an attack at al-Bou Mohamed village,” deputy commander of the troops, Firhad Kakai, told the Kurdish Rudaw network on Thursday. The attack was launched from four directions against troops deployed in Daquq.

“Clashes have been ongoing for half an hour,” Kakai said adding that “troops are in efforts to repel the attack without allowing the militants to advance.”

Peshmerga repulsed two attacks by IS earlier this month, which left three personnel killed and eight others wounded.

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REU: New Zealand to increase military personnel in Afghanistan by three

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Just days after the United States said it would increase troop numbers in Afghanistan and ask its allies to do the same, New Zealand on Friday announced an extra three non-combat military personnel, boosting its military commitment to 13.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday unveiled his strategy to end the conflict in Afghanistan, committing the United States to an open-ended conflict and signaling he would dispatch more troops to America’s longest war.

U.S. officials have said Trump had signed off on plans to send about 4,000 more U.S. troops to add to the roughly 8,400 now deployed in Afghanistan. U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis has since said exact troop numbers are yet to be decided.

Trump said he would ask coalition allies to support his new strategy, with additional troops and funding, to end the 16-year conflict.

New Zealand Defence Minister Mark Mitchell’s announcement boosting the country’s Kabul-based troops to 13 follows a request for NATO (National Atlantic Treaty Organization) to send more troops to Afghanistan earlier this year.

New Zealand has had troops in Afghanistan since 2001. Its presence has been decreasing since 2013 but it has kept some personnel on the ground to train local officers.

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NYT: Opinion Bush and Obama Fought a Failed ‘War on Terror.’ It’s Trump’s Turn.

On Monday evening, President Trump presented the latest “new” strategy for Afghanistan. But the only thing distinguishing his speech from past presidents’ remarks on the war in Afghanistan was his egregious use of the sacrifice of American service members to justify expanding the United States’ military commitment. Everything else was a repeat of what has become the standard operating procedure in Washington.

What Mr. Trump’s speech actually did was shed light on the delusion that both Republican and Democratic officials and policy makers have operated under when it comes to the “war on terrorism.” For the last nearly 16 years, both parties have followed the same script, one based on false, costly assumptions that they refuse to challenge, crossing ethical boundaries without acknowledgment — all the while steadfastly refusing to learn from their mistakes and change course.

There is little clarity about whom the United States is really at war with. Successive presidents have lumped disparate and often competing militants into simplified categorizaties — “terrorists,” “violent extremists” or just “the enemy.” Mr. Trump’s latest iteration only deepened the confusion, warning that “20 U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organizations are active in Afghanistan and Pakistan.” He gave no clue which threaten Americans, or which America’s sons and daughters will fight against when they deploy (or, more often, redeploy). He also didn’t explain whether “victory” requires that all are defeated, or some, or just one. More broadly, the question of why, according to the State Department, the number of foreign terrorist groups has grown from 28 in 2002, to 44 in 2009, to 61 today has yet to be answered.

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NYT: Trump’s Afghan Gamble Now Rests on General He Doubted

KABUL, Afghanistan — The commander in chief and his commander fighting the uphill war in Afghanistan have never met.

Even after months of delay, when President Trump convened his national security team to complete his Afghanistan strategy, the commander, Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., was conspicuously absent.

That distance reflects a remarkable shift in America’s longest war. Mr. Trump’s predecessors overcame even the most awkward relationships for regular briefings with their field commanders…………………The general, who had pleaded with the Obama administration not to reduce his resources, got little attention from the Trump White House for months. And just a few weeks ago, word leaked that Mr. Trump had talked of firing him — for little of his own doing. So while General Nicholson may be newly empowered, he has also been undermined in the eyes of his Afghan partners.

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REU: Pakistan urges U.S. to tackle militant sanctuaries in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan on Thursday responded to Washington’s accusation that it shelters the Afghan Taliban by saying the U.S. military itself is failing to eliminate militant sanctuaries inside Afghanistan.

The rare reaction came in a policy statement issued by the office of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi after a meeting of the civilian and military leadership.

President Donald Trump has accused Pakistan of harbouring “agents of chaos” and providing safe havens to militant groups waging an insurgency against a U.S.-backed government in Kabul. Islamabad, he said, must quickly change tack.

Pakistan, however, saw things differently.

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NYT: Opinion Heng on Trump’s Afghanistan Strategy

President Trump announced on Monday a strategy for the war in Afghanistan. He did not provide details about the number of troops that would be committed or how his approach would differ from the failed strategies of his predecessors.

Hundreds gather in support of Momand and against Noor in Kabul

A large gathering was organized in Kabul on Thursday in support of the Balkh provincial council member Asif Momand who was allegedly tortured by the provincial governor Ata Mohammad Noor’s personnel. The gathering was attended by several representatives of the district councils and elders as well as hundreds of supporters of Momand. The participants of

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Explosion in Kabul city leaves one wounded

An explosion has taken place in Kabul city earlier tonight with preliminary repots indicating at least one person was wounded. The incident has taken place in the vicinity of Sarai Shamali area of the city targeting a vehicle. The Ministry of Interior spokesman Najib Danish confirmed the incident and said a magnetic bomb planted in

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Casualties, Exclusive of Civilians

Recent Casualties

Color Denotes Today’s Confirmation

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. They died Aug. 13 of wounds sustained while engaged in combat operations in Iraq. Both soldiers were assigned to 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The incident is under investigation.

Killed were:

Sgt. Roshain Euvince Brooks, 30, of Brooklyn, New York

Spc. Allen Levi Stigler Jr., 22, of Arlington, Texas

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. They died Aug. 2 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, as a result of injuries sustained when a vehicle-borne improved explosive device detonated near their convoy. Both soldiers were assigned to 2nd Battalion, 504th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. The incident is under investigation.

Killed were:

Sgt. Jonathon Michael Hunter, 23, of Columbus, Indiana.

Spc. Christopher Michael Harris, 25, of Jackson Springs, North Carolina.

The Department of Defense announced today the death of an airman who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

Tech. Sgt. David Board, 49, of Barboursville, West Virginia, died August 2 in Kuwait in a non-combat-related incident while deployed in support of combat operations.

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom Sentinel.

Pfc. Hansen B. Kirkpatrick, 19, of Wasilla, Alaska, died July 3, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, from wounds received during an indirect fire attack. The incident is under investigation.

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas.

DOD:  The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

They died June 10 in Peka Valley, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, of gunshot wounds sustained in Peka Valley, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation.

The Soldiers were assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Company D, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY.

Killed were:

Sgt. Eric M. Houck, 25, of Baltimore, Maryland;

Sgt. William M. Bays, 29 of Barstow, California; and

Corporal Dillon C. Baldridge, 22 of Youngsville, North Carolina

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